What Are Republicans Learning at Their Retreat, Anyway?

What Are Republicans Learning at Their Retreat, Anyway?

What Are Republicans Learning at Their Retreat, Anyway?

Weigel
Reporting on Politics and Policy.
Jan. 17 2013 12:45 PM

What Are Republicans Learning at Their Retreat, Anyway?

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- The press is bristling a bit at its access to the House Republican retreat. First problem: There isn't really any access. Not until a 1 p.m. press event. Reporters are sequestered in a golf clubhouse a short walk away from the building where the Republicans are meeting, and they're being politely chastened by security when they try to access anything but their filing center, a restaurant, or bathrooms. (The caterwauling started when some reporters took a quick break in the golf clubhouse lobby. No dice.)

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What we do have: The itinerary of the half-week meting. Among the panels:

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- Polling Session ("What Happened and Where Are We Now?"), featuring Dave Winston (who produced Boehner's poll which suggested that cuts-for-a-debt-limit-hike were popular), Kellyanne Conway, and the Tarrance Group's David Sackett.

- What is the Role of the Republican Majority in the 113th Congress? with Bill Kristol and the influential-among-conservatives WSJ columnist Kim Strassel.

- American Trends -- How Is America Changing?, with election prognosticator Charlie Cook.

- Who Speaks for Middle America?, with National Review's Kate O'Berine and Ramesh Ponnuru, and EPPC's Jim Capretta

- How to Communicate Principles in Today's Media Environment, with Ari Fleischer, Frank Luntz, and onetime Bachmann/Romney debate coach Brett O'Donnell.

- Common Ethics Pitfalls, with two attorneys from Wiley Rein LLP.

- Successful Communication with Minorities and Women, with a female moderator (Rachel Campos-Duffy), a female consultant (Ana Navarro), a female congressman (Rep. Jaime Herrera Buetler), and three congressmen who are neithor female nor minorities: Rep. Adam Kinzinger, Rep. Scott Rigell, and Rep. Frank Wolf.

There are two strategy sessions with leaders, too: A forum on "the next 90 days" with Speaker Boehner and Leader Cantor, and a forum on policy plans for this Congress with the leaders and second-term Rep. James Lankford, the new policy chair. It'll just take a while until we report what was discussed.

David Weigel is a reporter for the Washington Post.